How to Make and Freeze Marinara Sauce

5 from 1 vote

Never let your pasta go sauce-less again!

marinara sauce

This basic marinara sauce recipe will become your new favorite addition to any Italian meal! It makes a large batch, perfect for freezing. Plus, this quick marinara sauce can be used in a limitless number of different ways. Prepare a batch on Sunday night, and use some for lasagna or a baked pasta casserole. Freeze the rest and thaw for an easy marinara sauce-covered spaghetti dinner later in the month. The possibilities are limitless!

Use this quick marinara sauce recipe on our Skinny Spaghetti, Baked Chicken Parmesan, or Super Veggie Lasagna.

5 from 1 vote

How to Make and Freeze Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce is versatile and can be used in a plethora of dishes and this recipe will have you eating Italian every night!
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 20 people
Serving Size 0.5 cup (approximately)
Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 yellow onions medium, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 84 ounces no-salt-added crushed tomatoes cans
  • 3 tablespoons basil fresh, thinly sliced or substitute 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano fresh or substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional


  • Heat oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, 6 minutes, or until tender.
  • Add garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds.
  • Add vinegar, and cook 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
  • Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour, or until thickened.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup (approximately) | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Keto, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb

Have you made this recipe?
Tag @skinnyms on Instagram or hashtag it #skinnyms

Freezing Instructions:

Cool sauce to room temperature, and ladle into plastic containers or zip-top freezer bags. We recommend freezing in 3-cup portions, which is equivalent to 6 servings of sauce, or in 1-cup portions for a smaller household. Store in freezer up to 4 months.

Thawing and Reheating Instructions:

Thaw sauce in refrigerator overnight. Alternatively, place frozen sauce in a saucepan over medium heat, and stir occasionally until sauce comes to a simmer. Sauce can also be thawed in microwave until heated through.

Mix-Ins and Variations:

  • Add chopped, roasted vegetables or sautéed mushrooms for a chunkier sauce.
  • Stir nonfat plain Greek yogurt in warm sauce to create a creamy texture and add a boost of protein.
  • Puree sauce with roasted red peppers.

Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Pinterest for tasty recipes, clean eating tips, and healthy lifestyle resources.


This post may include affiliate links.

Create a FREE account for quick & easy access


The SkinnyMs. team believes that all people, regardless of age, size, and fitness level, have the power to transform their lives — they just need the resources to do so. The SkinnyMs. method promotes healthy living through a combination of clean eating and regular exercise. We offer everything you need to be successful.

More by Skinny


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating